Press Advisory

ADVISORY: Progress in Bioethics

Science, Policy, and Politics

Thursday, January 7, 2010, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

 Washington, D.C. – President Obama pledged in his inaugural address to "restore science to its rightful place." He followed this up with a presidential memorandum of scientific integrity to accompany his executive order restoring funding for embryonic stem cell research. On November 24, another executive order established the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and just days ago, the NIH announced the approval of 13 new human embryonic stem cell lines for federally funded research.

After more than a decade of conservatives’ dominance of public bioethical debate, progressive bioethics is finally in ascendance. Editors Joanthan Moreno and Sam Berger map this new landscape with Progress in Bioethics, an anthology featuring contributions from progressive and nonprogressive bioethicists alike. They tackle substantive policy issues such as stem cell research, conscience clauses, and health care reform. More generally, they discuss the meaning of progressive bioethics, its place in the political arena, its stance toward biotechnology, and its interplay with religion. And most importantly, they seek to apply the fundamental progressive values of social justice, critical optimism, and practical problem solving—values that are needed now more than ever to restore ideological balance to the politics and policy of the life sciences.

Please join CAP and Democracy: a Journal of Ideas for a lively panel discussion led by Jonathan Moreno, Senior Fellow at CAP, Editor-In-Chief of Science Progress, and co-editor of Progress in Bioethics. The panel will include Jonathan’s co-editor, Sam Berger, Democracy editors Michael Tomasky and Clay Risen, as well as two contributors to Progress in Bioethics, Kathryn Hinsch of the Women’s Bioethics Project and Marcy Darnovsky of the Center for Genetics in Society.

Featured panelists:

Sam Berger, JD Candidate, Yale Law School; Co-Editor, Progress in Bioethics
Michael Tomasky, Editor, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas
Clay Risen, Managing Editor, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas
Kathryn Hinsch, Founder and Board President, Women’s Bioethics Project; Contributor Progress in Bioethics
Marcy Darnovsky, Associate Executive Director, Center for Genetics and Society; Contributor Progress in Bioethics

Moderated by:

Jonathan Moreno, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Editor-In-Chief, Science Progress, Co-Editor, Progress in Bioethics

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.


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